The East End

Table To Book
  • 07 Jul - 13 Jul, 2018
  • Attiya Abbass
  • High Life

The ethnic fine dining restaurant does not promise hastily served, piping-hot food and a bustling interior; it is more about a tranquil experience. Make sure you enter The East End on an empty stomach with an appetite for spicy desi food and a couple hours to spare, so to leisurely savour a lavish meal. A first-timer at the upscale eatery would be pleasantly taken aback by the menu which offers a limited selection of Bohra specialties. It presents a choice of three kinds of five-course meals – and within each group, one can choose from a selection of three to four entrées. Each meal includes drinks served in tiny glasses, two types of starters, a main course with another drink and a choice of dessert followed by tea. With a complimentary round of detox water arrived our first appetiser; mirchi and ghatia served with imli aur gur ka pani. The fresh, crisp ghatia fused well with the spicy mirchi, soothed by sips of the sweet imli concoction. Dahi wagarh, a staple Bohri starter, made with potato and eggplant dumplings in minty yoghurt and papri was next, coupled with another appetiser of aloo papri with imli sauce. As I ate dahi wagarh, I felt like tourist experimenting local food in my own city! The third starter was a selection of potato cutlets with mince filling, shami kebabs, one-bite puris which came with three different stuffing; jaggery, potato and tomato. My favourite was the potato puri; I found jaggery a bit off-putting. The peach drink was too sweet for my liking, too. Then arrived my main course; the Gujrati fusion exotic – Signature Masala Chops which were well-seasoned and scrumptious, perfectly balancing spice and tanginess. For dessert, I had Ras Malai which was a delight in itself.

Location: Behind Clifton Eidgah, Block 8 Clifton, Karachi.
Average cost for 2: PKR 5,000 approx.


The eatery caters Bohra exotic cuisine, with rounds of food servings you may find too experimental for your taste. But the desi dishes, albeit innovative, serve a fusion of spicy flavours that are a treat for the taste buds.


The rustic décor of the restaurant elevates the dining experience. The dimly-lit restaurant instilled a romantic atmosphere with its mosaic walls, pebbled flooring, crafted lamps, indoor plants and jharoka-inspired windows.


The waiting staff was well-trained to tend to our numerous queries very affably. Our interaction with them was rather frequent, as they were serving us a course every fifteen minutes or so.


What little they could do with presenting puris, chutneys and other entrées, they did it with all their heart.


The high prices can be a deal breaker for some. But what you get for the price is a unique fine dining experience at an upscale eatery, something you shall not miss if you can afford it.